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J Health Commun. 2010;15 Suppl 2:34-41. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2010.499994.

Promoting health literacy research to reduce health disparities.

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Section of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Limited health literacy has been linked to worse health outcomes for a range of medical conditions. In addition, limited health literacy is more prevalent among specific racial and ethnic minorities. Although these findings have been widely acknowledged, little systematic research has been conducted to elucidate the role of health literacy in the creation of health disparities or to evaluate the possibility that interventions relating to health literacy may help eliminate health disparities. This paper presents recommendations for a research agenda that is focused on advancing the science for how health literacy research can promote the effort to eliminate health disparities.

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